35 Of The Most Creative Staircase Designs

The staircase is an important architectural element in any home, hotel, resort, and anywhere else. Wherever there’s a staircase there’s also an impressive focal point in the design. Like in the case of any other design element, the staircase has evolved.

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It has become an expression of the designer’s creativity, both in terms of material usage and actual shape and structure. We have selected 35 amazing staircase designs and we invite you to admire them as we continue.

Amazing Staircase Designs From Properties Worldwide

1. Spiral Staircases for an Elegant and Stylish Look

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Spiral staircases have always been beautiful and they can be even more impressive when they have modern architecture on their side. This is the staircase from the Armani Store in New York and it’s more than just a functional structure. It’s a symbol of style and elegance.

2. Floating Stairs in a Contemporary Home

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Floating stairs are mainly modern and they’re usually seen in contemporary and modern homes. These particular stairs take the design even further and impress with their geometry and clean lines. The staircase was designed by Florence architect Guido Ciompi for The Gray Hotel in Milan and they basically reinvent the basic floating stair design.

3. Black and White Stairs

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The black and white stripes are inevitably reminiscent of the zebra, the creature that had them before they became stylish and popular. It’s easy to see why this is called the Zebra Staircase. The alternating stripes create a very interesting visual effect.

4. Impressive Exterior Staircases

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Who says that staircases are just for indoor spaces? Exterior staircases can be just as impressive. This one is on a larger scale. It’s a huge staircase that’s actually part of the building’s roof design and it leads up to the terrace.

5. A Contemporary Staircase to Match Its Surroundings

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In a museum of contemporary art, you expect everything to be impressive and artistic, even the architecture. Designed by Zaha Hadid for Maxxi, this spectacular staircase can be seen at the museum of contemporary art from Rome and it perfectly fits the theme.

6. Functional Bookcase Staircases

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When there’s not much space to spare, everything has to be well thought through. The staircase remains an important part of the structure and décor of a space but in such cases, it also has to respond to the need to saving space. Bookcase staircases are a very clever and very functional innovation.

7. A Staircase Wall for Additional Storage

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The idea behind bookcase staircases is to either use the staircase wall as a bookcase with shelves and compartments or to transform each step into an individual storage compartment that can be used for storing books and other items. In either case, you save lots of space.

8. A Curved Staircase with Glass Guardrails

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The museum of modern art from Luxembourg also has a beautiful staircase. It features delicately curved lines and transparent glass guardrails with steep handrails. This allows the design to become the star. Notice that there are steps on both sides of the staircase and the reason for that is the desire to create symmetry as well as to create a unique and unexpected look.

9. Combine Materials for a Modern Look

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Staircases are made from all sorts of materials and the combinations aren’t always what you would expect to see. For example, this staircase is made of plywood and concrete and it has a simple and modern look, with a subtle vintage touch that gives it character.

10. A Minimalist Design

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Sometimes it’s not the actual staircase that impresses but the small details that are part of its design. This staircase has a minimalist design and doesn’t exactly stand out with anything. What makes this staircase unique is its stainless steel webnet accessory.

11. Transform Your Staircase Into a Bookcase

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When you have to deal with small spaces or when you simply wish to think outside the box, you can come up with all sorts of ingenious ideas. For example, this staircase has been transformed into a bookcase. The space under each stair is a compartment for storing books and the same thing can be observed about the walls supporting the stairs.

12. Curvy Spiral Staircases

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Spiral and curvaceous staircases are beautiful by definition. Their structure and shape allows them to be very elegant and stylish. But they become even more impressive when the design gives them character and contributes to an overall simple but very chic look. This beautiful marble staircase has been designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates LLP in collaboration with Jay Smith.

13. A Suspended Staircase Bridge

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The connections between a bridge and a staircase aren’t that many so combining them means creating a whole different type of structure. The result would be a suspended staircase bridge like this one. It’s unusual and it’s original but the characteristics of the landscape have to allow such a design to be used.

14. A Bold Steel Staircase

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Contemporary staircase designs aim at being impressive, sumptuous but also very simple at the same time. This is achieved with well-balanced features like in the case of this imposing staircase. It has polished stainless steel walls and a red center and the contrast created is very strong and impressive.

15. An Asymmetrical Design

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Even though symmetry has been a crucial design detail for a long time, modern creations try to liberate themselves from this element. This staircase features an asymmetrical design but, at the same time, it’s also well-balanced and has an overall cohesive and simple look.

16. Built-In Storage Compartments

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Staircases are also often used for storage. For example, this staircase wall features built-in storage compartments. They can be used for storage or simply as spaces where decorations can be displayed. It’s a simple and very clever idea that is most useful in small homes.

17. Cover Storage Space with Doors

If you want to keep the storage compartments hidden, you can use doors to cover them. The interior of each stair can be hollow and thus used for storage and the door would give it a simple and cohesive look. Small holes will allow you to open the doors without revealing the true purpose of the stairs.

18. A Floating Staircase with a Wall Bookcase

A floating staircase is the perfect cover for a wall bookcase. You can use the space under the staircase for storage and create a large bookcase with shelves and compartments. If there’s enough space, you may even create a cozy reading corner, also under the staircase.

19. Make Your Staircase Part of the Decor

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Modern architecture has allowed the original staircase design to adopt many changes. For example, the staircase no longer has to be a freestanding element. It can become a part of the whole décor as its delicate curved lines follow the line of the walls and extend on the sides.

20. A Luxurious Marble Staircase

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Marble staircases are particularly elegant and luxurious. Given the fact that the material is already precious and unique, the staircase doesn’t need an elaborate design in order to stand out. In this case, the minimalist design of the staircase is complemented by the spiked walls.

21. Glass Staircases

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There’s something about glass staircases that makes them extremely interesting. Glass is a strange material. It seems so transparent and delicate and yet it’s very strong. It’s why glass staircases don’t seem to be safe when they actually are. Being able to see through the stairs and you walk on them gives you a unique sensation.

22. An Impressive Glass Staircase

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The effect is even more strong when you have a floating staircase that connects several levels. A staircase made entirely of glass is a challenging thing to design and build but the results are always impressive.

23. A Spiral Glass Staircase with a Glass Bridge

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This spiral staircase is also made of glass and as you reach the top you find a glass bridge. When you’re sitting or walking on that portion the entire lower level reveals itself to you and the sensation is unique. It’s not something that everyone would enjoy but it’s definitely special.

24. A Floating Glass Staircase

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This floating staircase seems even less safe and more fragile than the ones presented so far. It lacks any handrails but it is protected by a transparent glass wall. Yet it’s difficult to feel safe when everything around you is transparent. Still, the sensation of actually floating while you go up the stairs is not something you can recreate.

25. Mix Glass and Steel for a Modern Staircase

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Glass and steel are not materials that would seem to match at first. Yet they balance each other nicely in this case. The spiral staircase is made of glass and the handrail is made of stainless steel. The result is a modern and stylish design.

26. Hide Storage Compartments in Your Staircase

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We’ve already talked about staircases that can be used for storage but we’ve found another design that can be added to the list. The idea is to design each stair as a drawer. You can use this space to hide or store all sorts of things and the best part is that you save lots of space.

27. A Skateboard Staircase

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Some staircase designs impress with the materials used, others with their clever versatility and functionality, and others with their shape. This staircase is quite ingenious as well as special. Each stair is shaped like a skateboard. It’s an interesting idea for a themed décor.

28. An Industrial Staircase Design

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Here’s another interesting design. It’s an industrial-style staircase but this is not the detail that makes it special. It’s a fact that the steps have been designed into two individual parts. This way, each foot has its own staircase to use.

29. A Staircase with Character

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Even though hand-carved staircases might not be perfect and their lines might not be straight, they are always unique. Also, they have character like any other handcrafted piece. If you also find a spectacular idea for it, the effect is even stronger.

30. A Unique Staircase with Fluid Lines

The design of this metal staircase is also unique. The fluidity of the lines contrasts with the rigidity of the material. The staircase features an organic shape and its design can’t be compared with anything else.

31. A Staircase Suspended On The Exterior Of A Building

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This is a conceptual staircase and it was a creation of architects Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann. It doesn’t impress with its design or little details but will its location. A staircase suspended on the exterior of a building is not exactly something you expect to see.

32. A Hidden Staircase

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Many individuals today find staircases to be a bit of an eyesore in their property. However, with this hidden staircase design, you won’t find this to be an issue any longer. The white oval entryway looks like a portal into another world, creating an adventure for anyone who enters the staircase. You barely notice the white design of the structure as it disappears into the ceiling above. This is the type of feature you would expect to see in a modern art gallery or contemporary home today.

33. An Obscure Traditional Staircase

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When you think of spiral staircases, you probably just think about modern spiral designs. In the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris, you’ll find this incredible set of spiral stairs. Instead of having the typical spiral design, it offers twists and turns that add more character to the building. Spiral stairs aren’t just reserved for huge multi-story buildings and look just as good when used as a small passageway between two floors. The grand design with the sturdy handrails and carpets finish off this staircase perfectly.

34. A Sculptural Staircase

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This staircase by architect Francesco Librizzi is constructed of platforms and wooden boxes. The whole structure is supported by a black metal framework, and it was added to a property in Sicily during a recent refurbishment. It stretches over two floors and offers access to a roof terrace on the top. It’s an incredible piece of modern architecture, which almost looks like it’s floating off the ground. However, instead of the typical floating staircase designs, we shared earlier, we enjoy the variety that this wooden staircase offers with its different sized sections and platforms.

35. Overlapping Cubes

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Another fun modern staircase can be seen in this set of stairs by Design + Weld. It offers this home a modern staircase that uses overlapping cubes that allow you to display books and other items. The floating stairs create a modern look, and we think the black design would look great in any modern and minimalistic home such as this one. It’s another great example of using an essential home structure, such as a staircase and transforming it into a versatile storage solution.

All of these staircase designs could help to inspire your next home makeover. While we don’t all have the space that many of these properties and museums offer, you can still find ways to incorporate elements of these designs into any home. Using our staircase for additional storage puts an otherwise wasted space to good use and can be added to almost any home design. The next time you are traveling to new locations, keep an eye out for more inspiration and incredible creative staircase design ideas like the ones we’ve shared today.